There are four U.S. Attorney's Offices in the District of Arizona. They are located in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Yuma. U.S. Attorney Leonardo is based in the Tucson office.
Phoenix & Tucson Offices - Divisions and Sections
The District of Arizona employs approximately 170 Assistant United States Attorneys ("AUSAs") and approximately 140 support staff members. Most work out of the Phoenix and Tucson offices. Both offices have a civil division and a criminal division.
AUSAs in the Phoenix and Tucson offices' civil divisions represent the United States in civil actions, both as plaintiff and defendant. Defensive civil cases include representing the United States in Federal Tort Claims Act cases, administrative appeals, and employment discrimination cases. Offensive civil cases include representing the United States in civil fraud cases, False Claims Act cases, and health and defense contractor fraud cases.
The Phoenix and Tucson offices' criminal divisions are composed of several different "sections," or groups, that focus on particular types of cases. These sections are described in additional detail below:
- Border and National Security – This section handles matters related to domestic and international terrorism. The AUSAs in this section also prosecute cases involving weapons trafficking, human trafficking, the illegal import/export of arms, and alien smuggling.
- Indian Country & Violent Crimes – This section focuses primarily on the prosecution of felonies occuring within Arizona's 22 federally-recognized tribal communities. The AUSAs in this section also handle other violent crimes, such as bank robberies, as well as crimes against children, including child pornography and child exploitation cases.
- Financial Crimes and Public Integrity – This section prosecutes financial crimes, including bank fraud, investment fraud, tax-related crimes, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, student loan fraud, fraud related to government contracts, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, worksite enforcement, and counterfeiting offenses. The AUSAs in this section also prosecute public corruption offenses, election-related offenses, and complex multiple-victim identity theft cases.
- Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force and Asset Forfeiture – This section handles organized crime and complex drug-trafficking and cash-smuggling cases. The AUSAs in this section also work to disable and dismantle criminal organizations by seizing their property.
- Southwest Border/General Crimes – The AUSAs in these sections handle a high volume of reactive immigration crimes, firearm offenses, and drug crimes (including drug seizures at ports of entry) in a fast-paced environment.
- Civil Rights – Several AUSAs in the District of Arizona act as the office's civil rights coordinators. They serve as the conduit for all federal civil rights cases. Additionally, they play an important role in educating and training law enforcement and the public on civil rights matters.
Finally, the Phoenix and Tucson offices also include several units that focus on specialized subject areas. They include:
- The Financial Litigation Unit – This unit, which is located in Tucson, handles federal liens and collects criminal fines and federal debts.
- Appellate – This section, which is located in both Phoenix and Tucson, is responsible for overseeing all appellate work filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Ninth Circuit, acting as the office's liaison with the U.S. Department of Justice and Solicitor General's Office on appellate matters, and handling special projects at the direction of the U.S. Attorney.
- Courthouse Unit – This unit supports the office's criminal divisions by handling initial appearances and other hearings and overseeing grand jury matters.
The Yuma office handles the initial intake and charging of a large number of immigration, drug, and firearm cases arising from the Yuma region. It also serves as a resource for the region's law enforcement agencies and victims of federal crimes.
The Flagstaff office handles the initial intake and charging of a large number of cases arising from Northern Arizona, with a particular emphasis on cases arising from Indian Country and the region's federal lands. It also serves as a resource for the region's law enforcement agencies, often providing training to those agencies, and victims of federal crimes.
- Administrative Division – This division is responsible for all administrative programs for the district. Its departments include Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement and Support Services, and Finance and Budget Analysis.
- Automated Litigation Support ("ALS") – This unit works closely with attorneys and support staff to promote the use of automation from case inception through presentation in the courtroom. The ALS unit's main areas of support are imaging, document management and analysis, multimedia/graphics design, trial presentation, and training.